Both teams look to register first win of the season as Roy Hodgson's side seek to avenge last year's 6-0 capitulation which saw them register their biggest defeat of the season
Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Mikel, Lampard
Anelka, Torres, Malouda
Reid, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey
Morrison, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt
Hilario is set to start in goal for Chelsea after Petr Cech was ruled out for up to four weeks with a knee injury. Meanwhile, new boy Romelu Lukaku could be set to feature on the bench, but otherwise Andre Villas-Boas is likely to field a more or less identical squad to the one who recorded a stalemate with Stoke.
With David Luiz still sidelined and Daniel Sturridge serving the rest of his suspension, the only change looks likely to be Nicolas Anelka being drafted in at the expense of Solomon Kalou.
Roy Hodgson will be buoyed by the return to fitness of Jermone Thomas and Peter Odemwingie – with the latter having put to bed talk of unrest at the club after signing a new long-term deal at The Hawthorns. Though, whether or not both feature remains to be seen, particularly given Shane Long’s goalscoring debut and the nuisance Somen Tchoyi made of himself against Manchester United.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chelsea has never lost to West Brom in the Premier League.
- On top of that, West Brom has not won at Stamford Bridge in six games now.
- Though Roy Hodgson's men may have cause for optimism; they haven't lost on their travels in six Premier League games.
- West Brom will be hoping that Didier Drogba doesn't start. The Ivorian has scored eight goals in seven games against the Baggies.
- Last season West Brom recouped more points from losing positions than any other Premier League team - chalking up 27 points for their tally.
- In the last four encounters between the two in west London, Chelsea has not conceded a goal.
- Chelsea can counter that though, having only dropped six points from winning positions - making them the most efficient team in the league.
- West Brom only kept two clean sheets last season - a Premier League record.
- In the corresponding fixture of last year, Chelsea smashed West Brom 6-0.
- Alongside Arsenal, Chelsea is the Premier League team which has gone on the longest run without a win - a stretch of four games.